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reflectionsfromthechair Governing Board Executive Committee Steve Dennis The MoreChairChair Elect Vice Chair Things Change… Jacques DeBra Bruce Macler Treasurer Rob Hills Past Chair By Steve Dennis, 2011-12 Chair, CA-NV AWWA, Phillip Holderness Alameda County Water District Association Director Phil Brun Association Director Dawn White Secretary Tim Worley Trustees …the more they stay the same. This old in 1910. So, while I am sure that Mulhol- Kirk Medina Joe Guistino adage originated way back in the 19th land, O’Shaughnessy, or even Edmund Jim Elliott century, yet holds more truth than you might “Pat” Brown wouldn’t quickly recognize the Uzi Daniel Heather Collins easily recognize regarding the challenges we current look of our great states, they certainly Darrin Price currently face as 21st century drinking water would recognize the challenges we face Directors utilities in California and Nevada. as the stewards of today’s drinking water Conference Director mission. As it is today, the issues relating to Michael Gualtieri As we speed past the first eighth of this sustainable source reliability, water quality, Education Director new millennium, all of us in the drinking Sue Mosburg water industry are working hard each day quality delivery infrastructure, and manage- Certification Director able cost planning were resting squarely on Darcy Burke in an effort to find efficient and economical their plates. Technical Programs solutions for a myriad of critical issues. Kate Nutting Specifically, we are currently investing many Fortunately, we must also recognize that we Government Affairs resources in an effort to secure reliable, long- have benefitted by the fact that some thingsAndrew DeGraca term water supplies for the populations we don’t change. Specifically, when the small Division Chairs serve. In addition, we are diligently working group of water professionals got together Business Administration to determine the best practices for water in San Francisco in 1920 and established David Shank what is now the California-Nevada Section-treatment in order to meet (or exceed) regu Water Distribution Mike Gravitt lations so that we always ensure the delivery of AWWA, they did so with the recognition Water Resources of safe, high quality drinking water. We are that these steep challenges can be much Joe Wong also now faced with the need to replace an better met by bringing the states drinking Tanya Yurovsky aging water system infrastructure with one water stakeholders together to collectivelyWater Quality Operations & Maintenance that is new and improved so that it can work on the issues. Their vision, and more Tom Bloomer reliably deliver our product to future genera- importantly, the actions they took to pave Operators Division tions. Behind each of these great challenges the way for our successes, have clearlyBill Cardinal resides one of the biggest issues of all. That played a critical role in helping all of us to Councils is, how to secure the necessary funding to meet our missions over the years. Ultimately, Manufacturers Associates Council finance our solutions. for nearly 92 years, the core objectives of Jimmy Freeman our Section’s mission have also remained Workforce Development Council While it may not be something we recognize, Christina Hawkins it was many of these same problems that the same as they were in 1920. That is, to provide coordinated leadership and quality faced our drinking water forefathers, those Standing Committee Chairs education to the drinking water industry in Audit who pioneered the reliability of safe drinking order to ensure public health through the Rod Greek water in California and Nevada throughout delivery of safe and reliable water for all. It Awards the 20th century. Without doubt, there has Chet Malewski really all boils down to the fact that when we been much change in the overall landscape John Marchand and development of our states during the participation in AWWA, we can (and will)Membershipwork together through our membership and Personnel Selection past 100 years. If we consider growth alone, continue to be able to successfully address Debra Kaye in 1910, California was in the midst of a ultimately the same challenges we have SDWA population boom with a 60 percent increase David Chang faced for years. in residents taking the total state’s popula- SOURCE Editor tion to nearly 2.4 million. Today, according to So as we prepare for our 2012 Annual Fall Millie Castellanos-Rodriguez the US Census Bureau, California’s popula- Conference in San Diego, we should all Water For People Sophie James tion is nearly 37.7 million—more than a stop to remind ourselves that we are in Young Professionals 15-fold increase. Comparatively in Nevada, fact the California-Nevada drinking water Brandon Stipe the last 100 years saw the state population grow nearly 34 times beyond what it was Continued on page 9 www.ca-nv-awwa.org 7


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